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October 10 Prep Sports Roundup


Hood River Valley def. Pendleton 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-18:  The Eagles win despite missing two key players, and move into sole possession of first place in the Columbia River Conference.  HRV is now one match ahead of Pendleton with two to play, and also holds the tiebreaker by winning the season series over the Buckaroos.

Hermiston def. The Dalles 27-25, 11-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11

Dufur def. Sherman 26-24, 20-25, 25-12, 25-16

South Wasco def. Ione 3 sets to 0


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, The Dalles 1:  The Eagles move into first place in the Columbia River Conference on their own as Hermiston played to a 1-1 draw with Pendleton.


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 5, The Dalles 0:  Makena Zorza scored twice as the Eagles took over first place in the Columbia River Conference.


Girls Water Polo

Hood River Valley 13, Barlow 5

Johnson To Leave Legislature For CEO Position With OBI

Oregon State 52nd District Representative Mark Johnson will be stepping away from that position to take on a new role as President and CEO of Oregon Business and Industry.  Johnson accepted the position with the business lobbying group that came together when Associated Oregon Industries and the Oregon Business Association merged this summer.  The Hood River Republican said he did not seek the position and had planned to seek re-election to the seat he has held since 2011.  Johnson has not yet officially resigned his legislative position, but he hopes to continue through the end of October, especially as the Gorge Recovery Task Force begins its meetings this week.  He officially starts his OBI job on November 1.  Once he resigns commissioners of the three counties in District 52, Hood River, Clackamas, and Multnomah, will have 30 days to appoint a replacement.  Johnson said he will continue in his position on the Hood River County School District board.

TD Council Denies Protest Over Airport RFP

The Dalles City Council denied a protest from Gorge Aviation Services over the request for proposal for fixed based operator services at the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport in Dallesport.  One allegation was that the lease agreement between GAS and the City and Klickitat County was wrongfully terminated, and another involved posting of the RFP on the City website, which is optional under City’s local contract review board rules.  Mayor Steve Lawrence says the Council agreed with City Attorney Gene Parker’s recommendation.  The initial date to open the RFP’s was October 5, but notice had not been placed in The Dalles Chronicle until its October 8 edition, which pushed back the opening to October 19.  In other business…the Council approved an Enterprise Zone Tax Abatement Agreement with Columbia Phytotechnology, otherwise known as Powderpure, that Wasco County approved last week, and extended the exclusive negotiating agreement with Tokola Properties for the redevelopment of the Tony’s Town and Country building downtown for 120 days.

Work On Morrison Park Housing Begins

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation this week began onsite work toward developing a lot the City of Hood River rezoned this past spring for an affordable housing project.  Work by geotechnical engineers and surveyors will keep the Morrison Park property on 20th and Wasco closed through Wednesday.  The City Council approved the rezoning of the property from open space/public facility to high density residential to partner the housing corporation and Mid-Columbia Housing Authority on the project.  Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation executive director Joel Madsen says the work this week will provide information on what is possible on the site, adding they would like to preserve open space and natural features, create multi-modal connectivity to and from the site, and develop affordable homes.

October 9 Prep Sports Scoreboard

Boys Soccer

Horizon Christian 8, Central Christian 0



Zillah def. Goldendale 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22


Community Action Team Makes D.C. Trip

The Community Action Team of The Dalles made its biannual trip to Washington, D.C. last month.  The group made up of representatives from various governmental agencies makes the journey to keep local projects and needs on the radar for federal assistance.  Part of the goal of this trip was to emphasize getting two million dollars earmarked for economic development when the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area when it was established in 1986 to the states.  Port of The Dalles Executive Director Andrea Klaas says impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire might be helping move those funds out.  But a challenge in getting the funds is waiting for high-level administration positions to be filled so agencies can move ahead with their plans.

Camping Rates Going Up

Oregon State Park camping rates will go up by two dollars for some types of campsites effective at the start of November.  The Oregon Legislature approved the increase as part of the 2017-19 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department budget, and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the rate increase at its September 2017 meeting.  The rate for a typical full hookup RV site at the state’s most popular campgrounds will rise to $30 per night, and basic yurts will go from $40 to $42.  Rates will also rise by the same $2 amount for deluxe yurts, basic and deluxe cabins, electric sites, and hiker-biker camping areas.  Tent camping rates, currently $17-$19 per night, will not change.

October 6-7 Prep Sports Roundup


Redmond 30, Hood River Valley 20

Rainier 43, The Dalles 0

Columbia 48, Seton Catholic 7

LaCenter 64, Stevenson 32

Dufur 54, Sherman 22

Perrydale 64 South Wasco 6

Lyle-Wishram-Klickitat 50, White Swan 22

LaSalle (Yakima) 27, Goldendale 0


Cross Country

Hood River Valley finished first and The Dalles fourth in the girls’ team standings of the Champoeg Invitational.  HRV’s Josephine Dickinson won the race, with Frances Dickinson taking fourth.  Hannah Ziegenhagen was eighth for The Dalles.  In the boys’ run, HRV was second to Franklin and The Dalles was third.  Braxton Wilson was fourth for HRV, and Rey Aviluz 11th for The Dalles.


Boys Soccer

Hood River Valley 2, Franklin 2:  The Quakers converted on a late penalty kick to tie the Eagles.  Saul Chavarria and Westley Carter scored for HRV.

Prescott at Trout Lake, 2:30 p.m.


Girls Soccer

Hood River Valley 1, Franklin 1:  Mira Olson scored the Eagles goal on an assist from Claire Davies, but the Quakers got the equalizer in the second half.



Sherman def. Condon-Wheeler 25-7, 25-17, 25-21

October 5 Prep Sports Roundup


Ridgeview def. Hood River Valley 25-17, 25-19, 25-11

Columbia def. King’s Way Christian 25-17, 25-12, 17-25, 25-19

South Wasco def. Sherman 25-14, 25-18, 23-25, 25-14

Goldendale def. Kittitas 25-19, 25-12, 23-25, 25-22


Boys Soccer

Mac-Hi 2, The Dalles 1


Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Seton Catholic 1


Cross Country

The Goldendale boys were third and the girls fourth in a five-team SCAC meet at Zillah.  Dillon Rising won the boys race for the Timberwolves, while Ellie Rising was second in the girls race.

ODF Burn Ban Modified In Hood River County

Lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry in Hood River County will enter a modified burn ban on Saturday.  The modification to the current burn ban allows for burn barrels and small debris pile burning to take place between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.  All fires must be fully extinguished by 11 a.m.  As always, any burning requires a current burn permit.  Grounds protected by Oregon Department of Forestry in Wasco County continue to be in a strict burn ban.  This means there is no burning allowed in burn barrels nor debris piles until the ban is fully lifted.  Cooperating fire agencies in Wasco County are monitoring the weather and fuel moistures closely to ensure the burn ban is lifted when conditions will safely allow it.